Spring Plant

Chomley Farran Carnation
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Call us old fashioned, but we adore Carnations. Their clove-like fragrance is gorgeous, and the petals are sweet and edible.
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  • SHIPSBeginning in April, after your last frost date

  • ZONEGrows everywhere in the USA (perennial in zones 4-9, annual in other zones)

  • INCLUDES3 plants, each in a 2.5" diameter pot

  • Botanical NameDianthus caryophyllus
Spring Plant


Hello, friend. If you have clicked on this page, (and you clearly have), then we are pleased to let you know that you have found THE must-grow flower of the season. As it turns out, Chomley Farran was also THE must-grow flower of the 1700's - yes, this exact flower. This Carnation (Dianthus) is an antique flower; a relic of the past. Chomley Farran is the lone survivor of a type of Dianthus called the "Bizarres" -  over 200 varieties of carnations with irregular stripes and spots on their fluttery 2" bicolor and tricolor blooms - which were bred progressively into different flowers throughout the Victorian Era.  The tart-red and heather-purple bicolor fantasy of the Chomley Farran is the last known "Bizarre", and she's the essence of timeless.  Includes 3 young plants.

  • SUN Full sun, or part shade
  • HEIGHT 16" when full grown
  • SPACING 9" between plants
  • CLIMATEHeat loving
  • DEER Deer resistant
  • KIDS+PETS Edible for humans, mildly toxic to dogs
  • WATER Drought tolerant
  • INDOOR+POTSGrows well in containers outside

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Fill a little bit of the loose dirt back into the hole and tuck your plant in so the base of the stem is even with the top of the hole. Now fill in the rest of the soil around the roots, give the soft ground around the base of your new plant friend a few solid pats to compress the soil onto the roots, and a long, gentle drink of water.

Where to Plant

Find a place that gets a decent amount of sun, in well draining soil.

When to Plant

Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon. Plant outside after your average last frost in the spring.

When to Expect Blooms

All summer long.

Care Instructions

Water regularly until they get established, and then give them extra water during dry spells. Pick blooms to encourage more. 

Extra Credit

When the plant is about 8" tall you can 'pinch it' which is to pinch of the main middle bud so that the plant is encouraged to be bushier and more full of blooms as it matures. Trim back faded foliage and stems until the plant is about 1/2 the size in fall for over-wintering. It can also be propagated through cuttings.

Chomley Farran Carnation

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